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About Jeff Baygents

My interests in cooking and management developed at a young age because of influences from my father and oldest brother, in the fast food industry. After the Air Force, my first civilian job was as an assistant manager at an Italian sub shop in Florida. Following that, there were many years of a career in food management across several states in the southeast. This involved a lot of hard work and 60 to 80-hour weeks in fast food restaurants combined with home cooked style foods at Morrison’s Cafeterias (90-hour weeks).

I thoroughly enjoyed learning how to create great tasting meals while saving steps, time, and money. Because I was always in management, I could be creative and shorten steps and improve recipes for better taste.

Worked in management for my brother’s restaurants, Dog n Suds and a pilot franchise store co-owned by Frostie Enterprises, Inc. Best experiences in all facets of foods business.

In the 80s, while at Foremost-McKesson, I incorporated IT work into foods distribution analysis which added to an education of foods cost control, nutrition, foods safety, quality control, and waste reduction.

I thoroughly was the luckiest man in the world having met my wife in the 90s and 2 sons. We enjoy our foods experimentation on each other; however, I confess mine are the experiments and hers are fully developed and improved culminations of a culinary delight.

After many years of IT management, and then retiring as a federal manager, I returned to my roots in the kitchen. My wife and I work together to improve how to make Southern foods speedy, easy, and tasty. Our dog, Trudy, is our cost control manager and ensures there are no excess leftovers. Learning and improving never stops. And I’m always open to others’ ideas.

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Detailed Work Experience of Jeff Baygents

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Co-Owner Blog Sites

  •™ (Food Blog of Recipes and Articles. Emphasizes recipes that are Southern, Easy, and Tasty.)
  •™ (Food Blogging at Home. Emphasizes how to create and maintain a food blog from home.)
  •™ (Genealogy Blog. Emphasizes the surname ‘Baygents’.)

Former IT Manager at United States Probation Office, District of South Carolina

  • 2005 – 2021
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Systems Management for the Federal District of South Carolina
  • U.S.P.O., managed by U.S. Courts.

Co-Owner & Consultant at

  • 1994 – 2005
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Professional software development (full life cycle) for primarily Fortune clients. Also, included consulting, training, and management. Clients included Coca-Cola, NCR, Quantegy, Profit Recovery Group Intl, Meag Power, GE Capital, Digital Equipment, MCI, Scientific-Atlanta, and some smaller companies.

Former Marketing Support & Graphics Designer at Intersoft Systems, Inc.

  • 1990 – 1994
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Graphics Designer, Marketing Support, Distribution Support

Former Food & Beverage Manager in Southeast U.S.

  • 1975 – 1989
  • Southeast, United States
  • Covering Management involving Food & Beverage industries related to:
    • Service
    • Restaurants
    • Retail
    • Convenience Stores
    • Wholesale
    • Manufacturing
    • Distribution
  • Positions held
    • District Manager
    • Regional Distribution Manager
    • Corporate Business Technology Manager

Former Command Post Training Sergeant at USAF

  • 1971 – 1975
  • Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio and Eglin AFB, Florida
  • Emergency and Wartime Planning and Operations
  • Youngest Training Sergeant for a Command Center; trained by NMCC Training Sergeant.
  • Airman of the Quarter, 3201st Air Base Group
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • NCO Leadership Academy (New Mexico)
  • TS Crypto clearance.
  • Began Aikido training in 1971 on base.

Martial Arts Experience

Former Taekwondo Chief Instructor & Aikido Sensei

  • 1971-1998
  • Aikido (24 years) and Taekwondo (25 years) training and teaching, some concurrently.
  • Former USTU (U.S. Takewondo Union) Certified Referee
  • Former Georgia State Taekwondo Secretary General
  • Former Chief Instructor, USTU


  • Studied Management of Information Systems at Kennedy Western Univ
    • ABD 2002 – 2004
    • Worked on combined Masters-PhD. Ended as ABD due to work requirements.
  • The George Washington University
    • Scheduling & Cost Planning
    • Business Analytics
  • Miscellaneous Project Management Coursework
    • Financial Risk Management
    • Information Systems and Systems Integration
    • Project Management·2009 – 2010
  • Arkansas State University
    • BS, Business Management (Industrial, Quantitative)
    • Added emphasis on Data analysis, Data Processing, Programming
    • Class of 1983
  • Studied Nuclear Engineering at Okaloosa-Walton Jr. College
    • 1973 – 1976 (part time)
  • High school
Trudy looking for next meal with Jeff
Trudy looking for next meal with Jeff